2018 Emerging Leaders

GOPAC’s 2018 Class of Emerging Leaders is a list of promising legislators selected for their potential and ability to impact their state and the Republican Party.

“Our 2018 Emerging Leaders highlight our efforts to promote Republicans who advocate for the personal and economic security of Americans. These men and women are a superb addition to the roster of Republicans we are developing nationwide to lead in their state legislatures and/or run for higher office.” said GOPAC Chairman David Avella.

The Emerging Leaders program is a year long initiative to coach and develop state legislators from across the country on how to be effective legislative leaders.

This year’s class will begin their involvement at the 8th Annual Emerging Leaders Summit, which takes place from June 11th – 14th. The Summit gives participants the opportunity to learn from policy experts, veteran lawmakers, communications professionals and seasoned political strategists as well as each other. These leaders return to their states better equipped to advance the ideas they are championing and prepare for the rigors of campaigning for higher office.

To be selected, an Emerging Leader must be nominated by a member of the organization’s Legislative Leaders Advisory Board or the legislative leader in their state.

Here is the Class of 2018:

Clyde Chambliss

Alabama Senator

After completing a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Alabama in 1992, Clyde has resided, worked, and raised a family in the River Region.

In 1996, Clyde was elected to his first of three terms on the Autauga County Commission. He served as the body's chairman from 2000-2008.

Clyde has completed Leadership Autauga, Leadership Alabama and Leadership Elmore and has sat on numerous regional boards including: Central Alabama Aging Consortium, Central Alabama Regional Planning Commission, and the Montgomery Metropolitan Planning Organization.

Clyde and his wife Tara are the proud parents of three daughters - Kristen, Lauren, and Madison.

Clyde is the Principal Engineer for Chambliss Engineering (CE). CE provides civil engineering services to local governments, developers and water systems primarily in Autauga and Elmore counties.

In the midst of his civic and business responsibilities, Clyde has taught Sunday School, served on a Building Committee, and served three terms as a deacon at Heritage Baptist Church in Prattville.

Clyde was elected to the Alabama State Senate in 2014 and currently serves as the co-chair of the Joint Task Force on Budget Reform, chair of the Historical Tax Credit Committee, and chair of the Physical Infrastructure Committee.

Senator Chambliss serves on the following legislative committees: 1) Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry; 2) County and Municipal Government; 3) Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Development; 4) General Fund; and 5) Transportation and Energy.

Trent Garner

Arkansas Senator

Senator Trent Garner represents Senate District 27, which is comprised of Union County and portions of Calhoun, Cleveland, Grant, Jefferson and Ouachita Counties. Serving his first term in the Arkansas Senate, he is vice chairman of the Senate Rules, Resolutions & Memorials Committee. His current committee memberships include:
- Senate Judiciary
- Senate State Agencies & Governmental Affairs
- Legislative Joint Auditing  Joint Performance Review (JPR)
- Rural Fire Departments Study Committee
- Academic Facilities Oversight Committee

Senator Garner was a Special Forces Green Beret who served two tours in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His military decorations include Bronze Star with V device, Combat Infantry Badge and Special Forces Tab.

Senator Garner graduated from University of Arkansas in Little Rock He attended the University of Arkansas School of Law, where he graduated with a Juris Doctor and Master in Arts in Political Science. Professionally, he is a licensed attorney. Born in Magnolia, Senator Garner was raised in Harmony Grove. He lives in El Dorado with his wife Kelly and son Lincoln.

Sine Kerr

Arizona Senator

Sine was appointed to the Arizona State Senate and sworn into office on January 8, 2018, following a vacancy of the senate seat. Her district includes western Maricopa County west to Yuma, and includes a very diverse constituency including a vast amount of rural and agricultural areas.

When her father retired from the U.S. Army, he moved 3 year old Sine and the rest of the family to Buckeye, Arizona. Sixteen years later she married her high school sweetheart, Bill, and the two of them have since had one son and three daughters who are all now married. They have ten grandchildren with one on the way in April.

In 1980, Sine and Bill started their dairy business with 15 cows. Thanks to hard work and dedication, today they have 1,100 milk cows and 800 replacement heifers. In addition to the dairy, they grow all of their forage crops on 700 acres of owned and leased farmland. Sine's passion for agriculture extends beyond their farm and dairy as she serves on the Arizona Farm Bureau Federation's Board of Directors and is serving her second elected term as the Arizona Farm Bureau Women's Leadership Chair. She advocates frequently on behalf of Arizona farmers and ranchers whenever the opportunity arises.

Sine also currently serves on the Buckeye Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and served as the founding Chairwoman on the Arizona Department of Agriculture's Food and Agriculture Policy Advisory Council and now serves as a Council member working to address food insecurity issues in Arizona. Sine is a former member of the Maricopa County Air Quality Hearing Board.

Her other passions include family and children's issues, caring for and serving our veterans (five consecutive generations in her family have served in the military), and education issues.

At the Arizona State Senate, Sine serves on the Natural Resources, Energy and Water Committee and on the Transportation and Technology Committee.

George Logan

Connecticut Senator

Sen. George S. Logan represents the 17th District of Connecticut.

The Senate Republican Majority Whip, Sen. Logan is Co-Chair of the Planning and Development Committee and Vice-Chair of the Public Health and Veterans Affairs Committees. He also serves as a member of the Education Committee and the Regulation Review Committee.

Trained as an engineer but a businessman by profession, Sen. Logan has stressed the state’s need to retain and attract young skilled workers professionals and to create a business-friendly environment.

Sen. Logan believes that the state budgeting process starts “with the simple concept that we stop spending more than we take in.” He believes action is immediately needed to reduce burdensome state regulations and taxes.

Sen. Logan has spent most of his professional life working through the ranks of the largest private water company in the state – Aquarion – where he learned every aspect of providing clean drinking water to customers. During this time, Sen. Logan has engaged in capital projects, sustainability programs, alternative energy programs, watershed maintenance, environmental compliance, natural resources management and government relations. At each stage of responsibility, Sen. Logan earned the trust of local officials, environmental organizations, property owners, government officials and businesses.

Sen. Logan lives in Ansonia with his wife, Lisa, who is a Registered Nurse for the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services; his son Hunter and daughter Tracey.

John Ruckelshaus

Indiana Senator

Indiana State Sen. John Ruckelshaus was elected in 2016 to serve Senate District 30, which includes portions of Hamilton and Marion counties. Ruckelshaus previously served in the Indiana House of Representatives from 1990-1992 and was a deputy commissioner for the Department of Workforce Development under Gov. Mitch Daniels.

Ruckelshaus serves on the Senate Committee on Environmental Affairs, the Senate Committee on Health and Provider Services, and the Senate Committee on Insurance and Financial Institutions.

Professionally, Ruckelshaus is the director of business development at Van Ausdall & Farrar, the former co-owner of the Carter-Lee Lumber Company. He is a graduate of Indiana University and Pike High School.

Ruckelshaus resides in Indianapolis with his wife, Mary. The couple has three children.
Frequently asked, John is the nephew of William D Ruckelshaus , former EPA Director in the Nixon and Reagan Administrations.

Charles Schneider

Iowa Senator

Senator Charles Schneider was first elected to the Iowa Senate in 2012, and was re-elected in 2016. Senator Schneider's peers have elected him to a leadership position since 2014, most recently being selected to serve as Senate President in 2018.

Before his election to the Iowa Senate, Senator Schneider served on the West Des Moines City Council from 2007 to 2012. He chaired the council's Finance and Administration Subcommittee and served on the council's Public Safety Subcommittee.

Senator Schneider is also counsel for Principal Financial Group, where he has worked since 2007. Before joining Principal, he was a lawyer with the law firm of Dickinson Mackaman Tyler & Hagen, PC. Senator Schneider received his bachelor's degree from Creighton University, and his law and MBA degrees from the University of Iowa. He and his wife, Lisa, reside in West Des Moines and are members of St. Francis of Assisi Church.

Wil Schroder

Kentucky Senator

Senator Schroder joined the Kentucky Senate after being elected in November 2014 to represent the 24th District made up of Campbell, Pendleton, and Bracken Counties. Senator Schroder is currently the chair of the Enrollment Committee and the Budget Review Subcommittee on Justice and Judiciary, vice-chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and serves on the Appropriations and Revenue Committee, the Economic Development, Tourism, and Labor Committee, the State and Local Government Committee, the Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection Committee, the Program Review and Investigations Committee, and the Public Pension Oversight Board. Also, he is currently the chair of the Northern Kentucky Caucus.

While balancing his responsibilities as a member of the General Assembly, Senator Schroder is an attorney and focuses his practice on finance law. Formerly, he was a felony prosecutor in Campbell County. He earned a B.A. from the University of Kentucky and received his law degree from NKU Salmon P. Chase College of Law.
Senator Schroder resides in Wilder and is a lifelong Northern Kentucky resident. He is the son of the late Justice Wil Schroder and Nancy Schroder, both victims of cancer. Senator Schroder is married to his high school sweetheart, Marci. The two are active members of the Next Chapter Church in Wilder where they served in various leadership capacities and where Senator Schroder often plays guitar in the worship band. Senator Schroder and Marci are the proud parents of their daughter Grace who is nineteen months old and a baby boy due in July.

John Jasinski

Minnesota Senator

John Jasinski is in his first term as a Minnesota State Senator. Senator Jasinski's district is located in southeast Minnesota, encompassing Steele County and parts of Rice, Dodge and Waseca counties.

Currently, Senator Jasinski is Vice Chair of the Transportation Finance and Policy Committee. He is also a member of the Capital Investment, Local Government, and State Government and Elections Committees and the Pension Commission. He was awarded with the "First Term Legislator of the Year" by the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities.

Senator John Jasinski was born and raised in Faribault, Minnesota where he served as Mayor for 8 years. Senator Jasinski served in the U.S. Navy as an Air Intercept Controller. He is the Vice President of MDC Real Estate Services and also works for Met-Con Companies management team. Senator Jasinski is a graduate of Minnesota State University Mankato.

Rita Potts Parks

Mississippi Senator

Senator Rita Parks is a native of Corinth, Mississippi who together with her family have a legacy of five generations established in the community.

Senator Parks holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Mississippi and a degree in Industrial Engineering from State Tech Institute. She is a Senior Quality Regulatory Manager in the pharmaceutical industry and is a member of the American Society for Quality.
Senator Parks and her husband, Mike, have a daughter and son-in-law, Hannah and Mac Mitchell.

Senator Parks is the first female Senator to represent District 4 which includes Alcorn and Tippah counties. As a second term Senator, she serves as the Chairman of the Business and Financial Institutions and is a member of the following committees: Accountability, Efficiency, Transparency; Economic Development; Finance; Highways and Transportation; Insurance; Medicaid; Public Health and Welfare; Special Committee for Election of Senate Seats; and Veterans and Military Affairs.

During her more than six-year service in the state capitol, Senator Parks has championed issues and ideals for the quality of family life, fiscal responsibility, and economic development. She has passed legislation to improve services for children with special needs and to expose Medicaid fraud. She has worked continuously to expand existing businesses and to attract new businesses to District 4.

These successes garnered her the support of numerous organizations and also as the recipient of these prestigious awards and recognitions: Realtor of the Year, Civitian Citizen of the Year, and Senator of the Year by the Home Builder Association. In addition, Senator Parks was recently appointed by the Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves to serve on the Human Services and Public Safety Committee of the Southern Legislative Conference.

Greg Treat

Oklahoma Senator

Senator Greg Treat was elected in 2011, in a special election as the state senator from District 47. He attended the University of Oklahoma earning a political science and history degree. In 2016, Treat was appointed to serve as Senate Majority Floor Leader. Prior to 2016, his colleagues in the Senate Republican Caucus elected him to different leadership positions.

Most recently, Senator Treat was elected unanimously by his peers to be the Senate President Pro Tempore Designee. Senator Treat and his wife Maressa reside in northwest Oklahoma City with their three children.

Deb Peters

South Dakota Senator

President, National Conference of State Legislatures
Senior Assistant Majority Leader
State Senator, South Dakota

With almost 21 years of professional experience in the business community, small business owner and dedicated public servant, Senator Deb Peters, is a champion of creating more accountability and transparency in government.

Peters became State Senator in 2010 after six years in the State House of Representatives. In November 2016, she was reelected to her fourth term in the Senate.

Recognized as one of Governing Magazine’s Public Official of the Year in 2016, as well as one of the top 40 political rising stars who are under 40 years old by the Washington Post in 2014, Peters’ serves as Chair for the Government Operations and Audit Committee as well as an Appropriations Member in the South Dakota Senate. Peters has been Chair of Government Operations and Audit or Appropriations for over a decade. Peters has also been President of Streamline Sales Tax Governing Board, an effort to limit burdens on retailers and streamline legal definition between states.

Peters’ is no stranger to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and has been involved since her time in the House. Peters most recently worked on the e-fairness legislation known as the Remote Transactions Parity Act or Main Street Fairness Act in Washington, DC. While involved with NCSL, Peters has been especially active in the Executive Committee's Task Force on State and Local Taxation, Budgets and Revenue Committee and the Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce Committees. Peters has also been an active participant in the NCSL hosted Cable Academy and Wireless University for over a decade. Peters has been a champion in South Dakota for the local telecommunications companies regarding public access to wireless and broadband technology as well as tax policy.

Peters holds a degree in accounting and business administration with a major in Accounting from the University of South Dakota. She is a Certified Public Accountant and owns her own business consulting company.

When Peters is not serving the people of Hartford, S.D., you can find her spending time with her husband Chris and two sons, Derick and Braden.

Bill DeSteph

Virginia Senator

Bill DeSteph was elected to the Senate of Virginia in November 2015 to represent
the 8th District, having previously served in the Virginia House of Delegates and on
Virginia Beach City Council.

A Desert Storm veteran, Senator DeSteph proudly served in the United States
Navy, both as a chief petty officer and as a naval special-warfare intelligence
officer. He later joined the defense technology firm AMTI as a senior vice president
and co-owner, where he assisted in the growth and eventual sale of the company.
Senator DeSteph believes in smaller, smarter government and promotes public
safety, free-market capitalism, energy independence, and private-sector job
creation.

In addition to many local boards and organizations, Senator DeSteph sits on five
Senate committees, including General Laws and Technology, Local Government
(Vice Chair), Privileges and Elections, Transportation, and Rehabilitation and
Social Services.

He also sits on the Joint Commission on Administrative Rules, the Manufacturing
Development Commission, the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund Advisory
Committee, the Virginia Board of Workforce Development, the Commission on
Economic Opportunity for Virginians in Aspiring and Diverse Communities, the Joint
Commission on Technology and Science, and the War Memorial Board, as well as
several joint subcommittees. Senator DeSteph is an active member of the General
Assembly’s Military Caucus and Tourism Caucus, and is chairman of the Hampton
Roads Caucus, which is comprised of 33 House and Senate legislators who meet
during session and beyond regarding issues pertinent to our region.

Affie Ellis

Wyoming Senator

Affie Ellis (Navajo) is an attorney with firm, Holland & Hart. She is a Wyoming native who previously represented the State in the Water and Natural Resource Division of the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office. She later ran her own consulting company, Ellis Public Affairs, for seven years.

Ellis was elected to the Wyoming Senate in 2016. She is the first female Native American to serve in the Wyoming Legislature. Ellis serves on the Senate Revenue Committee, Senate Education Committee and Select Committee on Tribal Relations.

Daniel Perez

Florida Representative

From the time he was 6 years old, Daniel Perez has called his Westchester neighborhood home. Today, as a successful attorney and as a dedicated member of our community, Daniel is committed to serving and protecting the residents and families of District 116 in Tallahassee.

Civic Leadership:
Miami-Dade County Hispanic Affairs Advisory Board, former Vice-Chair
Epilepsy Foundation of Florida, Board Member
BLUE Missions Group
Christopher Columbus High School Alumni Board
Mentor and Tutor for foster kids, Boys Hope Girls Hope Foundation
Kiwanis of Little Havana, Affiliate
Live Like Bella, Young Executive Society Board Member

Matt Hatchett

Georgia Representative

Matt was born and raised in Dublin. His parents moved to Dublin from Columbiana, Alabama in 1963. His Dad served as a beloved local dentist and his Mom is a retired public school educator. For Matt, community service has always been foundational. He is an Eagle Scout from Troop 68 and was an honor graduate of Dublin High School. He graduated from Presbyterian College with a BS Degree in Applied Mathematics with an Economic Emphasis.

Matt started with Delta Air Lines, Inc. in June of 1988 as a Methods Analyst. He served later in the Stockholder Relations and Corporate Contributions department at Delta. He completed his career with Delta serving as a Procedures Planning Analyst in the Technical Operations Division. After working with Delta Air Lines, Inc. for six years in Atlanta, he returned home to start a family with his wife Kim.

Once back home in Dublin, he started Hangers Cleaners, Inc., a local dry cleaning establishment and operated it until 2010. In 1997, he and his wife purchased Plum Alley, a ladies clothing store which she presently operates. He also owned the local Bruster's Real Ice Cream and Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs franchise from 2001 until 2015. Matt presently works as Director of Development for Mercer University and as Director of Mission Enhancement with Mercer University School of Medicine. In that role, he works to develop strategies and relationships throughout Georgia to implement the mission of the medical school to place physicians in rural and underserved areas of the State.

He is a member of the Dublin Rotary Club and has served on the board of the Dublin/Laurens County Chamber of Commerce and as the Chairman of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Laurens County, as well as the Heart of Georgia United Way. He also serves as a member of the board of Communities in Schools of Laurens County.

As a Dublin City Councilman from 1999-2009, Matt served as a member of the Finance and Economic Development Committees, and the Downtown Development Authority. In 2007, he served as Dublin's Mayor Pro Tem. Matt represented Dublin and Laurens County as a member of the Leadership Georgia Class of 2000.

After serving as Vice Chairman and President of the Order of Shillelagh, Matt served as Chairman of the Dublin/Laurens County St. Patrick's Festival in 2002. Still working closely to support the Festival, he presently assists with the St. Patrick's Festival's hot air balloon fest, which brings hot air balloons to Laurens County as part of the month long festival.

Matt has served as the Chairman of the Theatre Dublin Nutcracker since its inception in 2004. The performance brings professional ballet dancers and mixes them with more than 100 local dancers for three performances of the Nutcracker at Theatre Dublin during the first weekend of December.

Todd Huston

Indiana Representative

Representative Todd Huston is the state representative for House District 37. Rep. Huston is a Senior Vice President at the College Board. Representative Huston serves on the Public Policy Committee and on the Ways and Means Committee.

Representative Huston has actively served the community and the State. He has previously served on the Hamilton Southeastern School Board, Fishers Planning Commission, Indiana Leadership Forum Board of Directors and the Hamilton Southeastern Schools Foundation Board. He served as the initial Chairman of the Indiana Charter School Board, the governing body that directs and authorizes the process for sponsoring charter schools around the state. Additionally, former Governor Mitch Daniels twice called on Rep. Huston to serve the state, first with a four year term as a member of the Indiana State Board of Education, and from 2006 to 2009 as a member of the Indiana Education Roundtable.

Representative Huston and his wife, Denise, have two children, Elizabeth and Jake.

Tom Cox

Kansas Representative

Tom Cox is a legislator, small business owner, and active member of his community. He received his bachelor's degree in Political Science and History and later his master's in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Kansas. He first got involved in politics in high school running voter registration drives and volunteering on local campaigns.

Tom is a 5th generation Kansan and has the honor of representing Kansas House District 17, which is the district he was raised in. HD17 sits in the suburbs of the Kansas City Metro, specifically representing parts of the cities of Shawnee, Lenexa and Lake Quivira.

He sits on the Energy/Utilities/Telecomm, Judiciary, Insurance, and Local Government House committees. Additionally, Tom serves on the Joint Committee for Administrative Rules & Regulations. He is also on the Kansas Republican House Campaign Committee, serving as treasurer on its executive board. He was recently appointed to the NCSL Natural Resource and Infrastructure Committee.

Outside of the legislature, Tom runs a business-consulting firm that specializes in helping small businesses find efficacies in their operations and assists start-ups in finding capital investors. Previously, Tom spent 6 years as the Vice-President of a top 25 self storage operator, focusing on marketing, technology and operations management.

Julie Emerson

Louisiana Representative

Julie Emerson was born and raised in Louisiana and grew up in Carencro where she still resides. She graduated from Westminster Christian Academy in Opelousas and received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She went on to earn a Master of Business Administration with an international concentration from the University of South Carolina. After college, Julie founded Lagniappe Communications Group, a communications and public relations firm where she serves as chief strategist. In her role with Lagniappe, she has consulted with multiple public officials, non-profits, and businesses on how to best develop and articulate their brands and messages.

Julie has been an active Republican since her high school days, having worked with the Republican Party of Louisiana and attending the 2008, 2012, and 2016 state and national conventions. She currently serves as an elected member of the Republican State Central Committee.

In October 2015, Julie was elected to serve as the State Representative for House District 39 representing northern Lafayette Parish (Carencro, Scott, Ossun, Vatican) and southern St Landry Parish (Cankton, Opelousas, Arnaudville). She is currently the youngest member of the Louisiana legislature. This is not only something she considers a great an honor, but is beneficial as she strives to bring new, fresh ideas to her beloved home state.

She currently serves on the standing committees on Civil Law, Education,
and Agriculture and the special committee on Homeland Security. In her first year in the House, Julie was asked by House Leadership to serve as the Communications Chairman for the House Republican Delegation. She also serves as an appointed legislative board member at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts in Nachitoches.

As a legislator, she has received a 100% lifetime voting record with the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry for supporting job-creation and de-regulation, a 100% lifetime rating with Louisiana Right to Life, two “Family Advocate” awards and a “Life and Liberty” award by the Louisiana Family Forum, and a Conservative Achievement Award from the American Conservative Union for being one of the most conservative legislators in the state. As a result of this recognition, the organizers of the nationally-known Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) invited her to serve as a panelist at their annual conference in Washington DC in February of 2017. Most recently, Julie was nationally recognized by the Coalition for Public Safety for her work on justice reform from a conservative perspective.

In the fall of 2016, Julie was selected by the American-Swiss Foundation as one of 25 Young Leaders under 40 in the United States and was invited to participate in a panel with the US Ambassador to Switzerland focusing on apprenticeships in the United States and Switzerland. Later that same year, Congressman-Elect Clay Higgins (LA-3) tapped Julie to lead his transition team where she hired senior congressional staff and assisted the congressman with his initial tasks. In summer 2017, Julie was named to Red Alert Politics “30 under 30,” which recognizes young, right-of-center leaders who
are making an exceptional impact in their communities. She also serves as the
Louisiana state director, southeast regional director, and as a national board member for the National Foundation for Women Legislators.

Julie is an active member of First Baptist Church in Lafayette. In 2013, she was
confirmed by the Southern Baptist Convention to serve on the Board of Trustees of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, where she is the youngest board member.

Mary Whiteford

Michigan Representative

State Representative Mary Whiteford believes in lower taxes, less government and more freedom, and she firmly believes that these principles lead to more jobs, more opportunities, and hope for a brighter future.

After earning her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Northern Illinois University, Whiteford worked as a nurse in a pediatric neurosurgery unit, and then a pediatric emergency unit. In 1997, Whiteford started an accounting business with her husband, Kevin, and they now run their own financial planning firm.

Whiteford was first elected to serve the 80th district in the Michigan House of Representatives in March 2016. She serves the House Appropriations committee as chair of the Environmental Quality Subcommittee and vice chair of the Agriculture and Rural Development Subcommittee. In addition, she is a member of the Subcommittees on Licensing and Regulatory Affairs/Insurance and Financial Services, and Health and Human Services.

Whiteford's leadership experience includes time as Commissioner on the Michigan Women's Commission, and as Board Member of the South Haven Downtown Development Authority, the Allegan County Mental Health Authority and the Forever Curious Children's Museum. She has also served on the Ottawa-Allegan County Human Trafficking Task Force, and as Vice Chair of the Allegan County Republican Party. She is a Board Member and Founder of the Allegan County Republican Women's Club.

Representative Whiteford grew up in the Midwest, in the small town of Cary, Illinois and is the oldest of four children. She met her husband, Kevin, in college and they have three adult children and two grandchildren.

Dan Eubanks

Mississippi Representative

Dan Eubanks is ranked as one of the most conservative representatives in the Mississippi House. As a freshman legislator serving in his third year of his first term, he has consistently pushed for smaller government, lower taxes, less government regulation, greater religious and personal freedoms, and the protection of the unborn. He was voted "Freshman Legislator of the Year" by his peers, and has consistently won the Americans for Prosperity "Champion of Freedom" award, and the American Conservative Union's award for "Conservative Excellence".

Dan is married to Corey (Luckhardt) Eubanks, and they have one child named Eli. He has lived in Desoto County for the past 30 years, and represents the northwestern most house district in the state.

Dan started and owned a sound and multi-media business with his brother after college, until he felt called into the ministry back in 2005. He served as the Youth and Young Adult Pastor for 11 years at Advent Presbyterian Church in Cordova, Tennessee before getting elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives in 2015. After his election, he transitioned into the role of Director of Advent's Recreation and Outreach Ministry.
Dan serves on the following committees for the Mississippi House of Representatives:
· Performance Based Budgeting - Vice-Chair
· Agriculture
· Banking and Financial Services
· Constitution
· Energy
· Insurance
· Public Health and Human Services
· Youth and Family Affairs

Holly Grange

North Carolina Representative

Holly Grange currently serves as District 20 Representative to the North Carolina House of Representatives which includes much of New Hanover County. She was selected as Deputy Conference Leader for the House Republican Caucus and serves as Co-Chair of the House Select Committee on NC River Quality. Additional committee assignments include: Base Appropriations; Appropriations Education Sub-Committee; Commerce and Job Development; Education K-12; Homeland Security and Military and Veterans Affairs; Regulatory Reform; Transportation. During the interim Rep. Grange has been appointed to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight; House Select Committee on Strategic Transportation Funding and Long Term Planning; House Select Committee on School Safety; and Judicial Redistricting and Reform.

Holly is also the Director of Community Relations at Osprey Global Solutions, a Wilmington company specializing in remote medical, logistics, security, training and business intelligence services. She is a 15 year US Army Veteran, serving on active duty and in the reserves as an officer in the US Army Corp of Engineers.

Representative Grange currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Coastal Horizons Center, the Board of Directors of the Cape Fear Community College Foundation, and the Advisory Board for the Swain Center for Professional Development at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She previously served on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Ports Authority, USO of North Carolina, and ACCESS Foundation of Wilmington (the Miracle Field),

Representative Grange earned her Bachelor of Science degree in 1982 from the United States Military Academy at West Point, a Master of Science in Systems Management in 1988 from the University of Southern California, and a Juris Doctor from Northern Illinois University College of Law in 2006. She is a member of the Illinois Bar.

Rep. Grange is an NRA pistol and rifle instructor and is a North Carolina concealed carry instructor.

Shannon Roers Jones

North Dakota Representative

Shannon Roers Jones is a first-term member of the North Dakota House of Representatives proudly serving the heart of Fargo in District 46.

Shannon strives to ensure that North Dakota remains a national economic leader and an attractive home for families and small businesses alike. In addition to supporting a business friendly environment, Shannon is working in the legislature to make government more effective and efficient through tax reform, eliminating unnecessary regulations, and making strategic investments for long-term growth.
During her childhood, Shannon spent considerable time working in her family's construction and development business, where she learned the important values of hard work, service, and sacrifice. As a mother, attorney, and independent voice for her community, Shannon is committed to using these values as she serves her friends and neighbors in the state legislature.

Shannon received her undergraduate degree from the College of St. Benedict, where she studied business guided by the Benedictine values of respect for all people, stewardship and service. After graduation from the College of St. Benedict, Shannon earned a Master's in Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas. After five years of working in real estate, Shannon returned to North Dakota and graduated from the University of North Dakota School of Law.

Shannon has always been actively involved in her family’s construction and development business, where she currently serves as chief legal counsel. An active volunteer, Shannon enjoys supporting many local service organizations, including the United Way, Jeremiah Program, Churches United for the Homeless, and serves on the board of directors for Face It Together and the F5 Project.

Shannon and her husband Ross have been married for sixteen years and have three daughters: Olivia (13), Kendall (11) and Kate (8).

Theresa Gavarone

Ohio Representative

Theresa Gavarone is the State Representative from Ohio’s 3rd District, which encompasses all of Wood County. She was born in Dayton and completed her undergraduate work at Bowling Green State University. She has been an attorney for over 22+ years, earning her law degree from the University of Toledo.

She was appointed to her seat in August 2016 and won election in November that year to her first full term. She currently serves on seven committees including Health (Vice-Chair), Finance and Education.

Prior to her appointment to the House of Representatives, Rep. Gavarone served on Bowling Green City Council where she was chair of the Public Lands and Building Committee.
She was named a 2017 Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development (BILLD) Fellow and selected for the 2017 Emerging Leaders Program sponsored by the State Legislative Leaders Foundation (SLLF) at the renowned Darden Business School at the University of Virginia.

Representative Gavarone lives in Bowling Green with her husband, Jim. She has three children- Christina (junior at Baldwin Wallace), Cara (sophomore at the University of Michigan) and Jimmy (soon-to-be freshman at Arcadia University). She and Jim own Mr. Spots, a Philadelphia Cheese Steak restaurant in Bowling Green, which recently celebrated its 32st anniversary.

Kevin Vaughan

Tennessee Representative

Kevin Vaughan is a graduate of Memphis State University with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He is licensed as both a Professional Engineer and a Managing Real Estate Broker by the State of Tennessee and presently owns Township Development and Real Estate Services, a firm he started in 2006.

Vaughan is very active in the Collierville community, where he has lived with his wife of 28 years, Johnna, and their two children, Alexandra and Grayson. He is a member of First Baptist Church.

Currently, he serves on both the Collierville Chamber of Commerce board as well as the board of his hometown community bank, Merchants and Planters Bank in Bolivar, Tennessee. He has also acted as president of the Collierville Rotary Club and sat on the Board of Directors for the Collierville Education Foundation, the Collierville Rotary Foundation, and Leadership Collierville. He was recently inducted into Lambda Alpha International, the land economics society.

Vaughan's involvement in the Collierville community extends beyond his civic involvement. He has also been appointed to the Board of Code Appeals, Town Beautiful Commission, and he chaired the latest Town of Collierville Long Range Planning Committee.

In 2016, he was elected to serve his second term as Vice chairman of the Collierville Schools Board of Education and on June 15, 2017, Kevin prevailed in a special election to fill the remaining term as State Representative of the Tennessee House District 95.

Emily Brewer

Virginia Delegate

Emily Brewer has spent a lifetime in the Western Tidewater region and has a heart for community service and helping others. Emily currently serves on the Paul D. Camp Community College Foundation Board, where she fights to make sure the next generation has better opportunities for education than the last.

Emily has spent time across the region as a previous board member of Suffolk Business Women who work in Western Tidewater to raise money for various charities and nonprofit organizations. She is also a past board member for a local domestic violence shelter where they worked to provide housing and assistance to battered men, women and children.
Emily is a small business owner and entrepreneur who started a small marketing company that led her to eventually provide training around the Commonwealth to law enforcement and public safety officials. Currently, Emily’s business focus is on her brick and mortar business as the owner and operator of a small wine and craft beer shop in Suffolk.

Emily was first elected to the House of Delegates in November of 2017 and, at 33, is the youngest Republican woman ever elected to the 400-year-old Virginia House of Delegates, the oldest legislative body in the western hemisphere. She was selected to serve on the House committees on Finance, Science & Technology, and Militia, Police & Public Safety. As a freshman, Emily established the Virginia Wine Caucus to bring legislators together, in a bipartisan manner, to discuss issues relating to agriculture, tourism and alcoholic beverage regulations. Additionally, Emily serves as a founding member of Virginia’s chapter of the State Future Caucus whose goal it is to craft bipartisan solutions on issues facing future generations.

Emily currently serves the 64th House District which includes parts of the counties of Isle of Wight, Prince George, Southampton, Surry, and Sussex and parts of the cities of Franklin and Suffolk. The district also consists of 7 incorporated towns.

Mike Rohrkaste

Wisconsin Representative

Representative Rohrkaste was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. He attended Michigan State University as an undergraduate student and graduated in 1980 with a bachelor's degree in social science. He also attended Michigan State University for his graduate degree. In 1982 he graduated with a master's degree in labor and industrial relations.

Mike worked several places early in his human resources career, including at Miller Brewing Company, Unisys Corporation and Heller Financial. In 1994 he settled with his family in Neenah, Wisconsin where he began a new job at Menasha Corporation. Mike spent the next decade working through various human resources roles at Menasha Corporation before accepting a job with Oshkosh Corporation. In 2014, he retired as the Chief Human Resources officer of Oshkosh Corporation.

Mike is currently in his second term as Representative of the 55th Assembly District. Last session, he was Chair of the Speaker's Task Force on Alzheimer's and Dementia, as well as Vice-Chair of the Assembly Committee on Health. He worked on several healthcare-related bills, including the 10-bill Alzheimer's and Dementia package that passed the State Assembly. Three of those bills also passed the State Senate and were signed into law by Governor Walker. He has also authored a number of other bills signed into law to address healthcare, workforce and economic development, and mental health.

He also serves on the board of directors for Samaritans Counseling Center, Menasha, WI, the Fox Cities YMCA, and the Respite Care Association of Wisconsin.

Mike and his wife, Debbie of 32 years, continue to live in Neenah. They have two sons, Jakob who is attending the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point for Musical Theater; and Erik who is a biologist for ZoOceanarium Group in Dubai, UAE.

Riley Moore

West Virginia Delegate

Riley Moore is the Assistant Majority Whip in the West Virginia House of Delegates, serving on the Agriculture and Natural Resources, Judiciary and Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development committees. Among his legislative accomplishments are establishing and funding the State Police Forensic Laboratory Fund to address the backlog of unprocessed DNA evidence in the state and reining in unchecked local eminent domain powers at the local and municipal level.

He received his undergraduate degree in Government and International Politics from George Mason University in Virginia. He then went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Strategic Security Studies from the National Defense University at Fort McNair in Washington, DC.

For several years, Riley served as a national security advisor on the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Capitol Hill. Additionally, he was appointed and served as Secretary of the U.S. delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. As a national security advisor, Riley worked on successive National Defense Authorization Acts and was one of the lead staff members working with the administration on their Export Control Reform Initiative, which was a massive undertaking that renewed the rules on U.S. defense exports and technology. Also during his time in Congress, he established himself as a published author on counterinsurgency, including his most cited work, “Counterinsurgency force ratio: strategic utility or nominal necessity” in Small Wars & Insurgencies.

Riley has since joined the private sector and now works as director at a fortune 500 defense and aerospace company. Prior to the U.S. Congress, Riley worked as a contractor with the Department of Homeland Security.

He resides in Harpers Ferry with his wife Guillermina (Mina) with their first baby due in April 2018.